Sunday, June 30, 2013


The Call

Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin


March 15, 2013

Brad Anderson

TriStar Pictures (Sony)

1 hour 34 minutes



There's a fine line between a gripping, suspenseful thriller and a thriller that becomes so wacky that it takes you out of the film.  Throughout the first 75% of the movie, 'The Call' is a well-acted, entertaining, and suspenseful thriller that had me on the edge of my seat.  Then the film, in its final 20 minutes, turns into a psychopathic mind-number that has no relevance to the rest of the film and overall brings the film down in terms of a score.  The ending was just so weird and so out of place that it sort of  confused me in what the writers of the film were thinking.  As if the film couldn't get any worse, the film's final 2 minutes turn into something that sort of angered me and just made me give up on liking the film.  Sure, Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin give better performances than one could expect from the mediocre trailer, and the film is able to keep a mysterious and gripping tone for the most part.  It's just that the final 20 minutes of this movie turn from a simple 911 thriller into something that goes into the realms of something like 'The Silence of the Lambs.'  'The Call' is a movie that came and left theaters fairly quickly, and it is, without a single doubt, one of 2013's most forgettable flicks.  It's a shame, since it really has the audience going for the first 70 minutes.

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